Top 6 Things to Do at Legoland California

Legoland is targeted for children ages 3-12, but fun for the whole family!

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of stuff.” -Thomas Edison

Legoland San Diego

Legoland is a special place in San Diego, where anyone ages 3-99 can enjoy a full day of Lego fun! My family and I visit all the time and never get bored. Legoland is basically an entire amusement park full of Lego objects, people, and games! (Check out the map here!) If you haven’t been there, schedule a visit soon, and don’t miss out on these special activities while you’re there:

Free Activities

There are tons of free activities to do while you’re at Legoland. I always tell my son, Ky, “Let’s do the free things you want to do first, then we’ll loop back around and do the paid things. By the time we’re done doing the free things, the park is closing for the day, so no need to spend extra! It’s a great way to see so much of the park, without having to pay anything besides the ticket to get in! Some of our favorite activities to experience for free are:

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Land of Adventure – In the “Land of Adventure”, there are a lot of fun carnival games that do cost extra, but some of the most fun free games are hidden in this area as well. (Good luck trying to get through Land of Adventure without spending a little bit, even adults have way too much fun playing the carnival games.) Ky’s favorite free activity there is one where you go inside a big covered area, and throw soft balls at other people! You can climb up to the second story and shoot balls down at people, or just run around on the bottom and try not to get hit by balls thrown by others. Ky is always inside that little tent forever, and I have to drag him out every time, sweating from running and laughing constantly.

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Miniland USA – Miniland USA is an awesome free area, where everything is made out of legos! We spend a lot of time walking through Miniland USA and finding our favorite parts of towns we know. Our favorite highlight is the mini Las Vegas town! We always get so excited when we see the hotels and attractions in Vegas that we have visited. Miniland USA has some of the most attractive displays for adults, and it’s easy to spend an hour or more wandering around these mini Lego towns!

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Pirate Shores – In Pirate Shores, there is a HUGE tree-fort castle where kids can run around everywhere! Once I thought I lost Ky in this tree fort, and I got frantic and started to panic. I called two Legoland workers over to help me hunt him down, but in the end we found him, still in the tree fort. It’s a big tree fort, and if you’re wanting to eat lunch and let your kids play for awhile nearby, this is the perfect spot!

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Paid Activities

There are a lot of extras at Legoland that you have to pay for, but they are really fun! There is a water park, that you could spend an entire day at separately from the rest of Legoland, and there is also a Sealife aquarium that is separate, but mystical and interesting. Besides the aquarium and the water park, our favorite paid activities are:

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Name Painting Station – There are little shacks all around Legoland, where people can draw caricatures of you and your family, dragons and Lego people on your face, or our favorite, your name painted in dragons and ninjas on a canvas. The first time we visited Legoland, I splurged and bought Ky his full name (Kyen) painted in dragons and ninjas on canvas. We watched in awe as the employee painted such smooth lines, and they looked just like dragons and ninjas, but they ended up spelling out Kyen. We have kept it hanging in his room ever since, and it’s the cutest little memory of Legoland!

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Miniature Golf – There is a miniature golf course within Legoland as well. I love to golf, so of course I spent a little extra on our first visit to Legoland and took Ky mini-golfing. We had so much fun seeing all of the Lego animals throughout the course, and mini golf is always a fun family activity to spend a little extra on.

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Driving Area – Within “Fun Town” there is an activity that is SO much fun for kids, I don’t know why it’s not in every amusement park everywhere! In this area, kids can sign up to get their drivers license (no driving test necessary) and then once you’ve paid for their driver’s license, they can get in line to drive an electric car! They hop into the electric cars, and drive all over these mini roads set up! It’s a great way for kids to feel like they’re actually driving (they are!!) without being on real roads. I’ve heard from other parents that kids can just go in the line without a driver’s license and still drive, and the license is just an extra thing for fun that you can pay for. I guess this is technically a free activity, if that’s true but I’m not positive, and for me, it was worth the keepsake memory either way. Ky always has a lot of fun here, and gets back in line again and again.

Legoland San Diego

Overall, there are way too many fun rides, games and activities here at Legoland to not visit! Have you been there before? How was your experience? What was your favorite activity? I’d love to hear from you!

Amanda Henry
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Amanda Henry is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, photographer, web designer, mom, and freelance blogger living the luxury and active lifestyle in San Diego.

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